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Iredell County Sheriff's Office Warns Homeowners about Mooresville Contractor
The Charlotte Observer and The Mooresville Tribune reported that The Iredell County Sheriff's office has arrested Mooresville contractor Richard Farrant for obtaining property under false pretenses.
June 20, 2014

Media contact: Janet C. Hart, APR, CFEE, Fellow PRSA (704) 927-8617

Multiple news sources are reporting that Mooresville based contractor, Richard Peter Farrant, has been arrested on a Caldwell County warrant for obtaining money under false pretenses.

According to articles in The Charlotte Observer and The Mooresville Tribune, Farrant posed as an energy audit specialist to sell windows or insulation products. After homeowners signed a contract and paid, the contracts were allegedly not fulfilled.

The Iredell County Sheriff's office stated that there may be victims in as many as six counties.

Pursuant to these news stories, BBB determined that Farrant has used at least four different business names including:

  1. RF Green Energy Products Corp. (BBB Grade F)
  2. Home Energy Services LLC (BBB Grade F)
  3. Window Pros of Hickory LLC (BBB Grade NR = No rating/out of business)
  4. Home Exterior Designs (BBB Grade F)

Consumers from nine counties in N.C. have filed a total of 44 complaints in the previous 36 months against the four businesses.

These counties include: 

  1. Buncombe
  2. Henderson
  3. Forsythe
  4. Lincoln
  5. Caldwell
  6. Burke
  7. Catawba
  8. McDowell
  9. Watauga

BBB has shared information on Richard Farrant with the Iredell County Sheriff's office.

BBB has tips for consumers on hiring a contractor:

  1. Check the contractor out at www.bbb.org
  2. Don't be pressured into setting up an appointment by anyone who calls, mails or emails you.
  3. Get at least three bids in writing so you can compare costs, terms and warranty.
  4. Do not sign a contract until you have read and understood the terms and conditions.
  5. Find out if the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured.
  6. Do not pay more than 25 to 33 percent as a deposit when the contract is signed. Never make the final payment until you are satisfied with the work.

For more information, please visit www.bbb.org.